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Minnesota state officials on Thursday unveiled a plan to reopen schools this fall that gives districts some flexibility to toggle between in-person and online learning, but reserves the right for the state to step in if the coronavirus gets out of control.

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Minnesota’s COVID-19 numbers remain a mix of hopeful and worrisome trends. Daily deaths remain in single digits, and the growth in new cases seems to be plateauing after a steep, monthlong climb. But hospitalizations and ICU cases are on the upswing.

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Northfielders and those across the state are now required to wear masks to combat COVID-19.

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Vegetables are grown, vendors are out and customers are welcome to stop at their favorite booths at the Faribault Farmers Market this summer — with a few guidelines in place.

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United States Sen. Tina Smith said she hadn’t “been out seeing people” for a long time during the coronavirus pandemic, but she came out Tuesday for a tour of small town businesses in Montgomery, Waseca and Mankato.

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COVID-19’s “Yes, but…” trend in Minnesota continued Thursday with another report of hopeful and concerning data: The daily count of new deaths, current hospitalizations and intensive care cases continue to flatten even as the number of new cases leaps.

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<&firstgraph>United States Sen. Tina Smith said she hadn’t “been out seeing people” for a long time during the coronavirus pandemic, but she came out Tuesday for a tour of small town businesses in Montgomery, Waseca and Mankato.

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United States Sen. Tina Smith said she hadn’t “been out seeing people” for a long time during the coronavirus pandemic, but she came out of the woodwork Tuesday for a tour of small town businesses in Montgomery, Waseca and Mankato.

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Minnesota’s mix of hopeful and concerning COVID-19 data continued Wednesday as the state Health Department reported new deaths and intensive care cases continuing to slow even as the count of new cases continues to leap.

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<&firstgraph>Summer is only halfway over, but Catholic school administrators in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are learning it’s not too early to plan ahead for the 2020-21 school year — especially during a pandemic.

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While local municipalities are just figuring out how to spend millions of dollars in one-time funding from the federal government, area school districts have already made plans for how they intend to spend their allocations.

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Minnesota’s newest COVID-19 report shows continuing patterns of hopeful and worrisome news: New deaths, current hospitalizations and intensive care cases continue to slow even as the count of new cases continues to climb.

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Minnesota health officials on Friday reported a mix of hopeful and concerning data on COVID-19: Even as deaths from the disease held steady in single digits and the total number of current hospitalizations dipped to near mid-April levels, the daily count of new cases continues to jump.

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Northfield Hospital and Clinics President/CEO Steve Underdahl called for caution on Thursday as approximately half of U.S. states see spikes in COVID-19 and Minnesota sees a continued decline in hospitalizations from the virus.

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The first death in Steele County attributed to COVID-19 has been confirmed, according to a Thursday morning press release. The Minnesota Department of Health notified Steele County Public Health Director Amy Caron with the confirmation.

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After serving as a place for unique eyewear for six years in downtown Northfield, Vision will close Saturday and merge into River Valley Eye Professionals.

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Northfield Hospital and Clinics President/CEO Steve Underdahl called for caution on Thursday as approximately half of U.S. states see spikes in COVID-19 and Minnesota sees a continued decline in hospitalizations from the virus.

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Northfield Hospital and Clinics President/CEO Steve Underdahl called for caution on Thursday as approximately half of U.S. states see spikes in COVID-19 and Minnesota sees a continued decline in hospitalizations from the virus.

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People in their 20s now make up the largest age group of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, leading health officials to fear that younger adults aren’t doing enough to prevent the virus’ spread as they move back into public spaces.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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COVID-19 won’t stop this summer from being a splash for Le Sueur. On June 29, the Aqua Valley Pool in Le Sueur will be opened for business.

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It was a “tender moment” on Saturday, as Fr. Gregory Leif was greeted by a line of cars filled with members of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca, the day before he delivered his final Mass. Leif is retiring after serving as a priest for 42 years, the last seven being in Waseca.

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While most all of the summer fairs and festivals around Owatonna have canceled for 2020, John Havelka with the Early Edition Rotary Club swears that canceling the city’s Independence Day fireworks was never an option.

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Northfield Hospital and Clinics President/CEO Steve Underdahl called for caution on Thursday as approximately half of U.S. states see spikes in COVID-19 and Minnesota sees a continued decline in hospitalizations from the virus.

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People in their 20s now make up the largest age group of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota, leading health officials to fear that younger adults aren’t doing enough to prevent the virus’ spread as they move back into public spaces.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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With bars and restaurants opening up right on the cusp of summer, it’s little to no surprise that young adults immediately flocked to their usual watering holes to escape isolation and return to some sense of normalcy.

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COVID-19 won’t stop this summer from being a splash for Le Sueur. On June 29, the Aqua Valley Pool in Le Sueur will be opened for business.

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It was a “tender moment” on Saturday, as Fr. Gregory Leif was greeted by a line of cars filled with members of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Waseca, the day before he delivered his final Mass. Leif is retiring after serving as a priest for 42 years, the last seven being in Waseca.

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While most all of the summer fairs and festivals around Owatonna have canceled for 2020, John Havelka with the Early Edition Rotary Club swears that canceling the city’s Independence Day fireworks was never an option.